C.J. Cron: 5 HR, 18 RBI, 5 K (38 points)
The good news for Cron is that his red-hot two-week stretch raised his 2016 home run count to 11 and placed him just one RBI shy of matching last season's total of 51. The bad news is that he is now on the DL, expected to miss at least a month due to a broken hand. So, the 21 owners (1.9%) who selected him in the $16K full-season Longball Derby contest are simply out of luck for the time being. Still, the Angels first baseman has proven that he can be a valuable fantasy asset when he returns.
Josh Donaldson: 6 HR, 16 RBI, 9 K (37 points)
Donaldson has followed up his 2015 MVP season with another MVP caliber campaign this year. The slugging third baseman leads the AL in runs (80) while ranking in the top-5 in both homers (23) and RBI (63). There's little reason to doubt Donaldson's ability to continue performing at a high level going forward.
Daniel Murphy: 5 HR, 18 RBI, 6 K (37 points)
Really, what else is there to say about this guy? Neil Walker is having a solid season, but Mets fans are surely wishing that Murphy still manned second base for their squad. After setting a single-season career high in homers last year with 14 longballs, the 31-year-old has already launched 17 home runs this season. Oh yeah, and he also leads the Majors in batting average (.348) and ranks 5th in RBI (66), making the Nationals as well as the 97 owners (8.6%) who included him on their $16K Longball Derby rosters very happy.
The Week Ahead
Ryan Braun is slumping lately, with no homers and no RBI over his last nine games. Don't be surprised if he breaks out of this slump in a big way following the All-Star break. The Brewers will head to hitter-friendly Great American Ball Park to face a Reds team that ranks last in the Majors in both ERA and WHIP and leads the league in home runs allowed.